You guys might have seen a kathak dancer wearing a number of bells or more commonly known as ghungroo wrapped around their feet.some wear around 15 to 25 like beginners.people who are still learning wear ghungroos from around 50 to 150 bells on each leg and experts wear 200 bells or ghungroos on each leg.that is quiet heavy…..
Wearing ghungroo when we dance has a lot of importance.as a matter of fact it is believed that if we perform classical dance without ghungroo we disrespect dance and it is really important to wear ghungroo.when we perform and even when we practice.lets have a look at three most important reasons of wearing ghungroos while doing kathak :
1) It gives BALANCE:we should always be in a practice of wearing ghungroo when we rehearse the dance so as to make sure that we get habituated of wearing them,as the number of ghungroos increase we need to practice ourselves a lot,taking that heavy weight of these bells on our legs is not that easy.when a dancer takes turns while dancing there is a chance of getting sort of faint ….turns are more commonly called chakkars,after turning so many times we might not be able to balance yourselves and fall down…but ghungroos make it possible to keep the balance…due to the ghungroos our legs become heavy thus making sure to help us keep our legs down and balance us ,at most a dancer at his/her highest level of learning might take more that 9 chakkars at a time,thank you my ghungroos to keep me up ……
2)That jingling Sound:whenever a dancer performs the tatkar or the legwork in kathak, there are 3 types of sound one can hear,the patting sound of the leg….the tabla and the jingling sound of the ghungrooo.this sound is really important.out of all the 3 sounds the loudest should be the sound of your leg,wooooo,we need practice
3)It is like a PART:In kathak the ghungroo is a part and we cannot perform withput them…it is like a necessity and more like a rule.
TYPES OF GHUNGROOS :
There are types of ghungroos based on the experience and capability of the dancer.,like studies we give exams of kathak, bharatnatyam and many other classical dance forms.I recently gave my 3rd year exam.like nursery and kindergarten we have exams like adya , madya and purna before 1st , 2nd , 3rd year and so on till 8th year which is the final year and is same like doing the diploma of dance……
A beginner stars with 15 to 25 ghungroos….
After that when we reach first year exams e\we can handle with 50 ghungroos……..
Then before third year we can handle 75 ghungroos.the number increases as the level increases like 100, 125, 150, 175 and 200, ghungroos on each leg ……..
Finally when one reaches the time of completing his /her course they can handle 200 ghungroos on each leg….
This type of long ghungroos are wrapped around the leg and they might reach the calf and cover the shin of the legs………
That is it guys. I hope you liked the post…feel free to ask up any questions you want and also share you feeling after reading in the comment box…….love you guys……